Extractors and ejectors are two parts that perform the same function in
shotguns. They both a aid the removal of shotgun shells from the barrels shell chamber.
In the case of
the extractor, both the shells are pulled slightly up from the breach of the
barrels as the gun is opened. This allows ones fingers to get under the
shell and “extract” it from the gun.
A gun with ejectors looks
and operates in exactly the same way when the shotgun shells have not been
fired. But for a
shotgun shell that has been fired, the ejectors “eject” the fired shell(s) from
the gun with sufficient force to throw the spent case(s) over the shooters
To identify one from the other, while
looking at the opened breach end of a Parker barrels, the extractor is on the
bottom edge of the barrel and spans both barrels. Ejectors appear to look
the the same but upon close inspection the ejectors are split in the middle to
allow only one shell to be thrown from the gun when one shell is fired and not
It is common to find extractors on lower
grade Parkers and ejectors on the high grade guns. Ejectors were
an option when Parkers were ordered and may be found on low grade guns. Ejectors added as an option
usually add value to a Parker’s sale price.